In the previous part we covered the flavors. Now let’s cover the functions of the properties.
Fire – Spicy > Pungent: disperses mucous/phlegm
Earth – Sweet > Aromatic: disperses dampness in the head and skin
Metal – Bitter > Bland: slightly moistens and drains
Wood – Sour > Astringent: drains vociferously
Water – Salty > Umami/Savory: nourishes essence
So what we have here is a third, excellent, reason for paying attention to the colors, in order to control the five elements. And if we do that, we can affect the organs, etc.
So, if you can, review the previous two articles, because the next part is where it gets really interesting!